We have established the following groups to provide development opportunities for our diverse communities here at the BBC.
RISE and Elev8
These schemes aim to inspire and engage BME and disabled staff, to help develop potential and progression within the organisation. These mentoring schemes are run in conjunction with our employee networks, BBC Ability and BBC Black and Asian Forum (BBAF). The mentoring schemes are designed to:
- Provide mentoring and development – exploring career progression opportunities, promotions, attachments and providing guidance on applications.
- Provide formal training sessions – examine leadership qualities, look at overcoming barriers and develop performance in order to put individuals in the best possible position for progression and/or future development into leadership posts.
- Examine leadership qualities, dissecting the BBC culture, exposing participants to leaders in the organisation and helping individuals to develop self-awareness and professional presence.
- Create a community to encourage peer-to-peer support.
Tech Women Conferences
As part of our commitment to create a more gender balanced workforce within our tech division (BBC Design & Engineering) we have run a series of events called ‘Women in Tech’. These are designed to increase awareness of the breadth of products and technology stacks within the division, highlight the many varied and rewarding tech vacancies available and an opportunity to meet our hiring managers.
News has developed a number of new opportunities to broaden the staffing pipeline. These include working in partnership to create new ways of developing excellence in leadership whilst challenging and broadening thinking at all grades.
- Launching a one million pound fund to recruit and train 12 disabled journalists for digital roles in the BBC News Mobile & Online team
- Our BBC News Women in Technical Production development programme continues. The group has bought together over 30 mentors and mentees to share experiences and strengthen networks across grades and departments.
- We are re-launching the Women in Leadership programme 2017/18 – aimed at preparing more women to compete for positions at Senior Management level. Three quarters of the 2015/16 group have moved into new roles or been promoted within two years.
- The BBC News Under 30s panel launched in September 2016, to ensure that the voice of our staff and audiences under the age of 30 are represented when decisions are made by News Group Board. Panel members reverse mentor News Group board members. The panel will be recruited annually.
- Delivering a new, all year round model of BBC School Report working with partners in the Academy, Children’s and Sport so that the voices of young people 11 – 16 years old are heard more widely across the BBC and particularly on our digital platforms.
The Clore Leadership Programme
Now in its second year, the BBC Clore Leadership Programme is part of our five-year Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, which aims to strengthen leadership across the cultural sector and ensure we represent all communities in modern Britain. Diverse leadership is more important now than ever before, and the 12 month programme aims to increase representation of BAME and disabled employees in the leadership of arts, culture and broadcast industry.
Assistant Commissioner Development Programme
We continue to bring-in assistant commissioners from diverse backgrounds on two-year, fixed-term training contracts to work alongside commissioning teams across entertainment, comedy, factual, daytime, children’s programming and BBC TWO and FOUR.
Creative Access Interns
To open up opportunities at the BBC for talented young people from diverse backgrounds. We focused particularly on young people from socially diverse backgrounds, as a way of adding impetus to our support for social mobility.
DIAMOND is an industry-wide monitoring database system which will measure the diversity profile of the workforce on UK productions, on and off-air. We are working with the other UK broadcasters in the Creative Diversity Network to collect and publish detailed and accurate diversity data so that we can be completely transparent about and accountable for the diversity profile of all our productions, both in-house and indie.